Retiring Manhattan Chamber of Commerce leader thanks the community

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TOPEKA (WIBW)--- After 18-and-a-half years of leading the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Lyle Butler is retiring.

A community celebration in his honor was held Thursday at the Manhattan Community Conference Center.

Butler served 28 years in all with the chamber.

Among his biggest accomplishments, he counts the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the K-State campus and bringing the Big Red One back to Fort Riley.

"It's the growth of Manhattan that's occurred and the opportunity for the chamber, the university, Fort Riley, to all work together and that's key," Lyle Butler said.

He says retirement is not in his DNA. He says he will stay active in the community.